If you've hit your limit tangling with your child's toys in the living room, then it's time to consider creating a playroom. Playrooms are the perfect place to let them indulge in pretend play, arts and crafts and even host sleepovers, without making a mess of your home's shared spaces.
Don't opt for decor that reflects a grown-up's aesthetic-- a playroom should be whimsical and inspire creativity. Whether you decide to convert an extra bedroom or delve into a dramatic basement re-do, use these amazing playrooms as inspiration for you and your child.
Go For Bold Colors
Playrooms should be fun. Skip the neutral walls and opt for mixing and matching bold colors. Choose a kid-friendly palette, like this pretty playroom's fresh and inviting mix of primary-colored decor.
Photo: Spearmint Baby
Incorporate the Idiosyncrasies
If you're converting your basement into a kid's play space, don't fight against the room's little idiosyncrasies like exposed beams and stone walls. Instead, get creative and incorporate them into your design. The designers of this basement playroom used the exposed joists as a way to create a cool, tented effect across the ceiling.
Pick a Theme
If you're scrambling for decor ideas, pick your kid's brain to find out what they're into. If you have a soccer star or a dinosaur lover, base the room's decor around these themes. They'll be totally tickled that the playroom reflects their interests.
Add Playground Elements
When the temperature drops, kids get antsy. Avoid young ones bouncing off the walls by incorporating playground elements like swings, slides and tree houses. This nature-themed playroom by the design company Mimolit, has plenty of space and a number of cool, climbable options where kids can burn off excess energy.
Provide a Cozy Nook
Yes, playrooms are for play, but they can also be a great space for your child to read a good book or just relax. Make sure you incorporate a cozy corner for them to kick back in. This design by SAKO Architects, hits two birds with one stone by building the nook right into the bookshelves.
Add a Secret Space
Kids love having a private space where they can play pretend, hide from siblings or just hang out. Playhouses or tents give your little one a child-sized, secret space to call their own.
Make the playroom the home base for your child's budding artistic talent. Covering the walls in chalkboard paint lets them decorate the room themselves. It also curbs little Picasso's from making their mark in other rooms.
Taking the time to invest in cool, interactive elements that encourages your child's creativity not only helps create a playroom they want to hang out in, but shows them how much you care.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown